TE MAORI - A CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE AND THEIR ART

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Year

1985

NFU Picture/Sheet No.

634

Length

Colour, 58 minutes

Cat. Ref. 1986-87 p.36.

Viewing copies

Unknown

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For over twelve centuries Maori people have lived in Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand. Although an ancient culture, a written language was only developed after the arrival of Christian missionaries. Maori history is a verbal history, handed down through the centuries, in song, chant and oratory. The Maori also developed great artistic skills, especially in the carving of wood, bone and jade. These carvings record the spiritual beliefs, names and histories of ancestors and leaders. For the first time the Maori people have allowed their ancient arts and sacred treasures to leave New Zealand to be exhibited throughout the United States. This is the story of those treasures; the story of Maori culture and the story, told in the words of the Maori people and their ancestors, of the thousand year history of Te Maori.

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